Wonderful Life

Wonderful Life

Debut album on A&M released 1987

Black’s breakthrough album rode to the number three spot on the back of ‘Wonderful Life’ and ‘Sweetest Smile’, both UK top ten hits. Record Mirror would later describe Black’s first hit Sweetest Smile as “a beautiful, slow croon. Sufficiently different from the usual conveyor-belt of identikit hits to distract the listener and stretch their attention span to four minutes.”

The album ‘Wonderful life’ went on to sell two million copies worldwide. Although ‘Wonderful life’ and ‘Sweetest smile’ are both melancholy ballads, it is European hit ‘Everything’s coming up roses’ that better defines much of the rest of the album of upbeat, electric guitar and synth-driven rock.

Reviewers would later come to consider the sound of the album dated, but the strength of the underlying songs has ensured a successful acoustic revival on Colin’s later albums. ‘Wonderful life’ is still widely available on CD, featuring five tracks not released on the vinyl edition.

“I have little but good memories of this pre-success period,” says Colin today. “Hand me the number of Dial-a-Fudge – I wish to send an order to whoever it was that said that the trick to life is keeping it simple!”


Read ‘Wonderful Life and before – The Music of Black (Colin Vearncombe)’ here.

CD available from Amazon UK

Download from Apple Music

There is also a 2-disc re-issue available with a second CD of 14 bonus tracks. These include the original Ugly Man version of the Wonderful Life single plus a selection of B-sides and four songs from a 1986 Janice Long session. The album’s liner notes come complete with a specially commissioned interview with Colin.

2-CD available from Amazon UK

Download 2-CD version from Apple Music


14 comments on “Wonderful Life”

It’s such a joy to find you again!

In Italy, back then, I was among the first to buy this album, and later on “Comedy”.
Countless times these songs cradled my heart. It’s been always impossible to forget that “just like a forming rainbow, just like the stars in the sky, life should never feel small”. This album was never felt small.

Thank you for your sweet music, Mr. Vearncombe

My thought go out to all family and friends of this wonderfully talented man. I have loved his music since I was twelve years old. I just wanted to say I love the production on the wonderful life album and it has influenced me in my music always. I was actually wondering what Synthesisers were used on that album but I guess I may never know… R.I.P.

I found out all too late that Colin had passed away recently (specifically the obituary in Uncut magazine) and wanted to pay my respects. This album in particular still stands up incredibly well for me, still got the vinyl with the bonus 12″, an Australian edition??? Anyway, sincere best wishes to Colin’s family.

Acabo de enterarme de su muerte mientras revisaba la página y escuchaba su música me entristecio mucho aún estoy llorando :c

Wonderful life
I’ve been listening to this track for a whole day oh what a god given talent to arrange lyrics and instruments and make it speak to your soul

I love the song Paradise it should have been a big a hit!!

I am trying to work out the guitar chords – I know its a keyboard/synth song but does anyone know the key and chords!!


Thank you for your beautiful music Colin, the background to my life as we are age compatible. That you are no longer here, is a loss for the world. Rest well my friend.

je viens de re écouter ce premier album de black ,merci pour mes 20 ans passes en compagnie de cet artiste magnifique.

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